Voted the World’s Best Seaside Park

May 17 – August 16, 2024

Thank you for sharing your talent and appreciation for our favorite roller coaster! With over 66 million riders since the ride first opened in 1924, we knew we’d receive a lot of fun and awesome entries.

The Giant Dipper turns 100 this year! With over 68 million riders since the Dipper first opened in 1924, we know there are a lot of Giant Dipper fans out there and we’d love to hear from you.

Share your best Giant Dipper photograph, drawing, painting or crafty creation (haiku, song, quilt, etc.) and you could win a prize!

Win Giant Dipper 100th swag, MyBoardwalk Cards, or Rides Wristbands AND have your art displayed at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

It’s easy to enter, just follow these steps!

  1. Choose an age group: 14 & Under; Over 14; Boardwalk Employees*
  2. Choose a category: Photography; Fan Art; Other
  3. Tell us how to reach you**
  4. Upload your entry

View contest rules and timeline.

*Boardwalk employees are not eligible to win this contest, but we’d like to show off your work!
**Children under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian submit their entry.


Tamara Tremaine – Santa Cruz

Went to the river mouth to watch the Sunset and the Giant Dipper in all its glory. Had to take a picture of the moment. My all time favorite Roller

Monica Lugo – San Jose

I came up with a Giant Dipper/Boardwalk theme nail design, complete with Dream Wheel and carousel, to proudly display on my nails for Coaster Con.

Kaila Natwick – Santa Clara

Celebrating 100 years of the Giant Dipper is remarkable! I took this summer of 2021, and its been such a beauty to photograph. Riding such a historic wooden rollercoaster has

Shauna grassi – Santa Cruz

This photo was taken on the day of the 100th year celebration of the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As we walked around enjoying the celebrations I

Tiffany Bleskey – Oakley

We visited the day of the 100th ceremony! I have been coming to the Boardwalk since I was a little girl. My uncle lived 2 blocks from the lighthouse. The

Photography Contest Entries

Fan Art Contest Entries

Other Art Contest Entries

Giant Dipper Years Ago


Share your beloved Giant Dipper memories with us and have your story featured on the Boardwalk Website. From Dipper firsts to beloved moments, we would love to hear your story. If you have any great photographs taken on the Dipper or of the Dipper, old or new, please share them as well!

95th Anniversary Winner & Finalists

Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner!

Megan Frandeen of Aptos

Photography Contest Finalists

14 & Under

Landon Fernald

Over 14

Noah Richert

Fan Art Contest Finalists

14 & Under


Over 14

Mattea Muzzy

Other Art Contest Finalists

14 & Under


Over 14

Megan Frandeen

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